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Mullamast Long Stone

Standing Stone / Menhir

Fieldnotes

A quick visit to Mullamast, very accessible off the new Dublin to Waterford motorway, three sites in one: a standing stone, a barrow cemetery and a massive rath.

The standing stone is well over a metre-and-a-half tall, with grooves or channels or runnels at its top, very much in keeping with the nearby Carlow examples. It's right beside the road, moved here from its original position and coralled by a fence.

Directly opposite is a field with the unrecognisable remains of a barrow cemetery. The only remaining visible example of this is the one in the next field to the north, about 20 metres diameter and much disturbed.

The real gem of Mullamast is the massive henge-like rath in the next field again to the north. The bank of this rises to 4 or 5 metres from the bottom of the silted-up ditch and has an entrance at the east.

Normally on most raths that I visit the interior is raised from the surrounding terrain to aid defence, but the interior of this is level, the inhabitants relying on the height of the bank and the depth of the ditch for protection. Very impressive and well worth a visit.
ryaner Posted by ryaner
18th March 2014ce
Edited 18th March 2014ce

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